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  1. Franschhoek Rated As One Of The Top Emerging Destinations In The World

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    TripAdvisor, regarded as the world’s largest travel site, has just released their list of the Top 25 Emerging Worldwide Destinations, with Franschhoek securing 15th position. This list forms part of TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards for 2020. Internationally renowned as a leading wine and culinary region, the Franschhoek Wine Valley is the only South African destination mentioned. 

    Franschhoek Wine Valley – image by Alfred Thorpe

    According to TripAdvisor the list is all about what’s next for smart travellers who are seeking off-the-radar destinations and still have people talking about for the foreseeable future. Joining Franschhoek on this prestigious list are the likes of Kaliningrad (Russia), Naoussa (Greece), Monopoli (Italy) and Antwerp (Belgium), amongst others.

    This latest accolade reaffirms Franschhoek’s position as a preferred destination amongst both local and international travellers. In 2019 Franschhoek was also listed as one of the Top 30 Millennial Travel Destinations by travel-planning site müvTravel’s followers. A short drive from Cape Town, a visit to Franschhoek makes for the ultimate winelands escape whilst exploring the Western Cape.

    Franschhoek Huguenot Monument, photo by Chris Taylor

    TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travellers, with 859 million reviews and opinions covering 8.6 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions, and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 463 million average monthly unique visitors in 49 markets worldwide and 28 languages.

    To view the full list of Emerging Destinations visit

  2. Franschhoek Vignerons Shine At Platters

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    After months of anticipation the wait is finally over. The 2020 Platter’s by Diners Club South African Wine Guide was launched on Friday, 8 November to a room full of industry and media heavyweights, and once again Franschhoek Vignerons took top honours in most of the categories as well as earning the coveted 5-star rating for no less than 14 wines.

    Top Performing Winery of the Year awarded to Mullineux Wines. Photo credit:

    Topping the list was Mullineux Wines who were named Top Performing Winery of the Year, winning this title for the fourth time. In addition their Granite Syrah 2017 and Straw Wine 2018 not only received a 5-star rating, but were also each awarded Wines of the Year.

    Anthonij Rupert Wyne’s Cabernet Franc 2013 and Cape of Good Hope Laing Groendruif Semillon 2016 were also awarded Wines of the Year in their respective categories. Also, sharing the Wine of the Year spotlight were the Leeu Passant Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2017 and Rickety Bridge’s The Pilgrimage Semillon 2017.

    A total of 125 5-star ratings were awarded to wines regarded as “South African classics” as well as scoring 95 points or more on the internationally recognised 100-point scale.

    The deserving 5-star Franschhoek wines were as follows:

    Cabernet Franc

    Anthonij Rupert 2013


    Boekenhoutskloof CWG Auction Reserve Syrah 2017

    Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2017

    Mullineux Granite Syrah 2017

    Mullineux Iron Syrah 2017

    Mullineux Schist Syrah Roundstone 2017


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    Leeu Passant Stellenbosch 2017


    Anthonij Rupert Cape of Good Hope Laing Groendruif 2016

    Rickety Bridge The Pilgrimage 2017

    White Blends, Other

    Mullineux Old Vines 2018

    Méthode Cap Classique

    Le Lude Agrafe 2013

    Le Lude Vintage Magnum 2013

    Vin de Paille

    Mullineux Straw Wine 2018

    While the Vignerons performed exceedingly well on the evening another highlight to remember was Editor’s Award Winery of the Year for 2020, which was awarded to Boekenhoutskloof. This accolade is awarded to editor Philip van Zyl’s personal commendation of a producer’s unrelenting focus on crafting wines that are not only superlative but also produced with enough consistency, depth and scale to be significant internationally.

    For more information on the industry’s authoritative guide, which is due for release later this month, visit

  3. Tourism Top of Mind for Franschhoek Service Providers

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    The Franschhoek Wine Valley certainly packs a punch when it comes to tourism service delivery. Not only is the region regarded as one of the country’s leading wine producing areas as well as SA’s Culinary Capital, but tourism is also key in their continued efforts to stay ahead of the game and strive for what they believe in.

    The passion and dedication of some of Franschhoek’s members were recently recognized at two leading industry events, reaffirming the valley as one of the country’s leading tourism destinations.

    In September delegates from around the country came together for the annual Wine & Food Tourism Conference in Stellenbosch, which was also the venue for the inaugural Wine & Food Tourism Conference Awards. The awards, which took place on the closing date of the conference, honoured nine of SA’s top wine and food tourism service providers. The winners (aka honourees) were selected from Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek, the Overberg, the West Coast and Karoo, and included a mix of well-established favourites and hidden gems. The deserving recipients were selected for having created outstanding and positively memorable tourist experiences, and in doing so were an inspirations to others in the industry.

    The awards consisted of three categories, and in each of these categories the best of three contenders were acknowledged as honoureers. Leeu Collection was named as one of the honourees in the Service Excellence category, with La Motte securing a position as one of three in The Authentic South African Experience category.

    Leeu Estates


    La Motte Harvest Experience

    Prior to the Wine & Food Tourism Conference the winners of this year’s Lilizela Tourism Awards were announced a special gala event on 13 September. Regarded as South Africa’s premier Travel and Tourism Awards, its aim is to recognise and reward tourism players and businesses who work passionately and with pride to deliver a world-class product and service, and whose delivery grows the country’s global destination competitiveness. Franschhoek shone at these awards with Ashbourne House announced as the winner in the Best 4 Star Guest House in the Western Cape for 2019.

    Ashbourne House

  4. Franschhoek Vignerons rated amongst the best in Tim Atkin report

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    Not only did the beginning of September signify the start of a new season, but it also coincided with the release of the seventh annual review of South African wines by British Master of Wine, Tim Atkin. In this critically acclaimed report the Franschhoek Wine Valley reaffirmed its position as one of SA’s premier wine producing regions, with no less than 129 wines from the valley scoring 90+ points.

    Of the 160 wines to be awarded 95 points or more in his 2019 Special Report, 14 of these were from Franschhoek Vignerons, with Mullineux Wines receiving 97 points for their 2018 Straw Wine. Franschhoek is well known for its diverse offering when it comes to wine producers, which range from large to smaller estates. What is significant of this year’s report, which is an increase from 2018, is that the smaller wine farms have done significantly well. One of these is Cape Chamonix, receiving scores of no less than 92 for eight of its wines. Furthermore, all eight wines are Wine of Origin Franschhoek. Another noteworthy estate is GlenWood Vineyards, who have been making wines since 2000, and saw four of its wine receive scores of 90+. Wildeberg, also one of the smaller farms, received 95 points for its Wildeberg White 2018 (Wine of Origin Franschhoek). This year’s results have reaffirmed that the Franschhoek Vignerons, irrespective of their size, bring with them a wealth of knowledge to a highly competitive industry.

    The full list of  Vignerons to score 95+ for their exceptional wines were the following:

    Anthonij Rupert Cape of Good Hope Serruria Chardonnay 2017 95
    Boekenhoutskloof Noble Late Harvest 2016 95
    Boschendal Jean Le Long Prestige Cuvée MCC 2009 95
    Le Lude Magnum Vintage Cuvée Magnum MCC 2013 95
    Mullineux CWG Semillon Gris 2018 95
    Mullineux Granite Syrah 2017 95
    Mullineux Schist Syrah Roundstone 2017 95
    Rupert & Rothschild Baron Edmond 2015 95
    Wildeberg White 2018 95
    Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2017 96
    Boekenhoutskloof The Journeyman 2017 96
    Boschendal Appellation Series Elgin Chardonnay 2017 96
    Mullineux Iron Syrah 2017 96
    Mullineux Straw Wine 2018 97


    Atkin, an accomplished wine commentator, has extensive knowledge of South African wines and tasted a total of 2115 South African wines for his 2019 Special Report, during his visits to South Africa earlier this year. In addition to his trips here he also attended tastings in the UK by South African producers. According to Atkin the wines he listed in his report compare with the best of any other wine producing country. His excitement was further conveyed in the report when he stated that the Cape had firmly established itself as ‘one of the most exciting wine-producing countries on the planet’. In his opinion this is as a result of a combination of old vines, young winemaking talent, established names, varied terroirs as well as a can-do spirit. The Franschhoek Wine Valley without a doubts ticks all these boxes, which is testament to the result in his report.

    ‘Having endured a challenging drought as well as the ongoing climate change, these results from one of the industry’s most acclaimed critics reaffirms the hard work and dedication of Franschhoek’s winemaking teams, and we couldn’t be prouder right now’, says Franschhoek Wine Valley CEO Reinher Behrens.

  5. A Stellar Year For Franschhoek

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    Regarded as one of South Africa’s leading wine producing regions as well as the country’s premier culinary destination, the Franschhoek Wine Valley has every reason to raise a glass to a stellar year. Earning top accolades has once again placed this picture perfect valley at the top of visitors’ minds.

    Herewith a sampling of this year’s highlights:


    • La Motte Wine Estate was recognised as the Cape Winelands District Municipality Wine Tourism Destination of the Year.
    • For the 2nd year running, Petit & Grande Plaisir Self-Catering Cottages was named as one of the winners in the 2018 Western Cape Lilizela Tourism Awards.

    La Motte, Franschhoek

    Wine Competitions

    • At the 2018 Novare SA Terroir Awards Dieu Donné Vineyards was recognised as the Top Shiraz producer for its 2016 Shiraz;
    • La Bri earned a well-deserved Platinum for its Syrah 2014 at the 2018 Michelangelo International Wine Awards;
    • Well known British wine authority, Tim Atkin MW only had rave reviews for the Franschhoek Vignerons in his 2018 South African Wine Review, which saw the likes of Chamonix, Black Elephant Vintners, Bellingham, Anthonij Rupert Wyne and others scoring an impressive 90+ points for wines in their respective ranges;
    • Colmant came out tops at the 2018 Amorim Cap Classique Challenge, with their Brut Chardonnay NV being named the Best Blanc de Blancs at this prestigious industry event ;
    • The launch of the much anticipated 2019 Platter’s Wine Guide was met with great excitement, especially by Mullineux Wines, Allée Bleue, Colmant, Rickety Bridge and Plaisir de Merle receiving 5-star ratings for their wines. Plaisir de Merle was awarded the Bordeaux Style Red Blend of the Year Award for its Signature Blend 2012, with Rickety Bridge announced as Semillon of the Year for its Road to Santiago 2016. Mullineux Wines not only received the award for Straw Wine of the Year for its Straw Wine 2017, but also walked away with the title of Chardonnay of the Year for its Leeu Passant Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2016. Furthermore, this was the 2nd consecutive year that Colmant was awarded the sought after 5-star rating in the Méthode Cap Classique category;
    • On the international front Boschendal was awarded Gold as well as the Trophy for Best South African Chardonnay at the 2018 International Wine Challenge for its Appellation Series Elgin Chardonnay 2016;
    • At this year’s Rosé Rocks competition Holden Manz, DGB Bellingham and Boschendal each received Double Gold for their Rosé wines entered;
    • At the 2018 Top 100 Wines of South Africa, La Motte and La Bri each secured a spot on this coveted list for their respective wines.

    Colmant  Brut Chardonnay NV


    • With fine dining playing a pivotal role in what makes Franschhoek a truly memorable experience, our chefs and restaurants were once again honoured at South Africa’s top culinary awards ceremony. Franschhoek restaurants have been winners in the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Top 20 Restaurant Awards for many years, on a consistent basis, and 2018 is no exception. This year La Petite Colombe, Le Coin Français, Chefs Warehouse at Maison and Foliage were included on the list of Top 20 restaurants to dine at in South Africa. The Werf Restaurant at Boschendal was this year’s recipient of the Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award. In addition Chris Erasmus of Foliage was one of two recipients to be awarded this year’s Eat Out Graham Beck Chefs’ Chef, which is voted for by the chefs of the 30 nominated restaurants.
    • Marigold Restaurant, headed up by highly acclaimed chef Vanie Padayachee, was acknowledged as a Platinum Class Winner at the 2018 Fine Dining SAWI Awards.

    Le Coin Français


    • Babylonstoren secured 11th position on the  prestigious 2018 Conde Nast Traveller list, while according to the World’s Best Boutique Hotels for 2018, Akademie Street Boutique Hotel was voted as the World’s Most Romantic Retreat;
    • For the second year running, World Travel Awards named Leeu Estates,the Leeu Collection’s flagship property as South Africa’s Leading Wine Country Hotel. 

    Akademie Street Boutique Hotel


    In November Môreson’s Clayton Reabow was announced as the 2018 Diners Club Winemaker of the Year in the Chardonnay category for his Môreson Mercator Chardonnay 2017. Clayton is no stranger to this competition, winning the Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year Award in 2009.


    Ending the year off on a truly high note, up-and-coming young wine writer Llewellyn Lambert, general manager of the Franschhoek Boutique Hotel,clinched the coveted Veritas Young Wine Writer title for 2018.

    Llewellyn Lambert. Image by Wineland Magazine

    ‘It has been a bumper year for us, and we’re extremely proud of our members, who strive to keep Franschhoek the preferred destination for local and foreign tourists. Franschhoek is priceless!’ says Franschhoek Wine Valley CEO Reinher Behrens.

  6. Franschhoek Regional 2018 Prestige Agri-Awards Winners Announced

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    The 5th annual Prestige Agri-Awards recently took place at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards in Franschhoek, where the winners for the sought after titles were announced. The initiative, previously known as the Farmworker of the Year competition, honours excellence in the province’s agricultural sector.  In doing so the competition is able to acknowledge farmworkers for their hard work, who make a significant contribution to our country’s economy.

    The competition is co-sponsored by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and the Shoprite Group, with the latter being involved with the initiative for the past seven years.

    A winner, runner-up and second runner-up were selected in each of the eight categories. The winners in the respective categories, were as follows:

    • General Worker: Elizabeth Gertse (Anthonij Rupert Wyne)
    • Tractor Driver: Isak Buys (Mont Rochelle)
    • Irrigation Specialist: Keenan Carstens (Boschendal)
    • Technical Operator: Vusumzi Cekiso (Leeu Estates)
    • Animal Production: Ralph Valentine (Boschendal)
    • Foreman: Stoffel Van Rooy (Leeu Estates)
    • Junior Management: Cornel Paulse (Glenwood)
    • Middle Management: Christie Davids (Anthonij Rupert Wyne)


    A special award was presented to Danie Cupido of Mont Rochelle, who received the Agri Worker with the Best Potential for 2018 award.

    From here on the winners in each category as well as the regional winners go through to the provincial adjudication, where after the 2018 Western Cape Prestige Agri Worker Winners will be announced at a gala event on the 3 November at Nederburg Wine Estate in Paarl.